As a photographer, you quickly learn that no one family is alike! From our family structures to our daily routines, we all have our preferences that make the world a little more beautiful. So, when it comes to giving birth, it makes sense that we all go about it with our own approach! Regardless of whether you want an epidural ASAP or prefer natural methods, there’s a Northern Virginia birthing center ready to help you through every part of your pregnancy and delivery. If you’ve been searching for a space that suits your style, I’d love to tell you about the five best birthing centers around.
Premier Birth Center is a freestanding birth center with two Virginia locations in Chantilly and Winchester. The birth center is staffed by midwives and RNs ready to ensure you can have the birth that’s right for you. You can also choose to have a home birth with your Premier midwife.
Both locations are houses decorated with modern touches and equipped to help you through birth. The suites have large, spacious beds and tubs to assist with labor. You’ll have plenty of room to move around through contractions and will get to snack throughout.
The center accepts low-risk clients and will assist with VBACs. They hold virtual information sessions so you can ask questions and decide if Premier is right for you. Because the center fills up fairly fast, it’s important to ensure you sign up for care early on. They provide gynecological services outside prenatal appointments, including low-stress, well-woman visits.
The Birth Center in Alexandria, Virginia came about in 1987 as a home birth service. Early on, the center felt determined to bring midwives who would help families feel empowered in every aspect of birth. While the practice may have changed a bit over the years, the mission remains the same!
At The Birth Center, the midwives all believe that childbirth is a natural and physiological process your body was created to handle. Labor is treated less like an emergency and more like a profound experience for you and your family. Children are welcome throughout your visits and can even work with your birth team if preferred!
The center has five main midwives you can choose from and several assistants. The building feels cozy, and both suites have large tubs to help you through your labor. It’s also less than four miles from a hospital if you need to be transferred. The midwives will assist with home births and deliveries at The Birth Center.
Inova Loudoun Hospital Childbirth Services is located in Leesburg Virginia and combines the amenities of a birth center with the technology of a hospital. As a result, the center can take on high-risk pregnancies. It’s also great for patients who want natural childbirth but want options just in case.
The center is passionate about providing individualized care for every patient. They have OBs and certified nurse midwives you can choose for your prenatal care. Once labor begins, you’ll check into the hospital and be placed into one of the twelve rooms for labor and delivery. The rooms provide soaking tubs for labor, light therapy for relaxing, and wireless waterproof fetal monitors.
They have three c-section suites, antepartum rooms for parents who might need to stay at the hospital before their delivery, and private, cozy postpartum rooms. The site has a Level III NICU and nearby private rooms for discharged parents to stay overnight. They also provide lactation consultants who will ensure you have a positive start on your breastfeeding journey.
Community of Hope is an outstanding organization committed to providing equitable care to the citizens of Washington, DC. The center offers assistance for nearly every aspect of life, from providing housing to the homeless population to ensuring everyone has personalized healthcare. Since opening, they have helped over 14,000 patients get the necessary healthcare.
Pregnant clients are treated at the Family Health and Birth Center, where certified nurse midwives will provide comprehensive prenatal care. The midwives are dedicated to reproductive justice and work to ensure families most affected by medical disparities can access the care they deserve. The birth center is Black-owned and accepts clients without insurance.
Community of Hope ensures everyone has a positive experience at the freestanding birth center and has designed the space to feel like home. They prioritize your postpartum health and will ensure you have the tools you need to recover physically and mentally.
Beyond the Loudon birth center, Inova Childbirth and Maternity Services have locations across Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Fairfax, and Fair Oaks. No matter where you are, you’ll be close to their excellent care! These spaces provide luxurious private rooms with premium amenities to help you get through the birth. You can choose either an OB or a midwife to assist with your pregnancy and labor.
Each center provides Level III NICUs, except for the Fairfax branch, which has a Level IV. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art technology to ensure you and your baby have the best start. The centers prioritize letting you bond with your baby and will work with you to ensure you have the keys to breastfeeding success. The locations provide additional services such as pregnancy counseling, infertility treatment, and antenatal testing centers.
If you’ve been struggling to find a place that lets you labor however you prefer, check out these wonderful centers. No matter what you want your birth experience to look like, I am positive one of these Northern Virginia birthing centers will be the right place to meet your little one.
Once you have your birthing center, it’s time to start thinking about pictures. That’s where I come in! I’m a Northern Virginia photographer who wants to help you celebrate this season! I’m a parent myself and understand how quickly these early years fly by. It’s my goal to help you capture beautifully authentic memories. If you’ve been looking at booking a session for your little one, I’d love to connect! Contact me today to find out more.